Hackett: The FA should throw the book at this Arsenal senior man

By Danny Wright

Former Premier League referee Keith Hackett has called upon the FA to ‘throw the book’ at Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger following his dismissal during the game against Burnley on Sunday.

Hackett, writing in his column for the Telegraph, believes that Wenger should receive a six-game ban for pushing and shoving fourth official Anthony Taylor.

“For the sake of every official at every level of the game the FA must throw the book at Arsene Wenger after his disgraceful behaviour on Sunday,” told Hackett to the Telegraph.

“They need to send out a strong, clear message – officials are sacrosanct and if you lay hands on them you will pay a heavy price.

“What I would like to see as an absolute minimum is a six-game ban – but a far more severe punishment than simply being banished from the touchline. Instead, I would like to see Wenger barred from any contact with his team once inside the stadium.”

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The 72-year-old is clearly unhappy at the treatment of officials by players and managers in the game and doesn’t believe that the current punishment does enough to send out a clear message.

He also believes that the behaviour of role models could have an effect at all levels of the sport: “A one or two match touchline ban just won’t cut it on this occasion.

“A slap on the wrist would tell every Sunday morning player that it’s OK to abuse or physically assault officials,” he said.

Tempers flared in a very dramatic game of football which ended in Arsenal taking all three points courtesy of a 98th minute winner from Alexis Sanchez.

Hackett retired from refereeing in 1994 after a long career spanning back to 1972. He is also no stranger to controversy in games involving Arsenal.

In the 1990-91 First Division clash between the north London side and Manchester United, Hackett had to deal with a mass brawl as 21 players came to blows, resulting in both sides being docked points.

In other Arsenal news, Alex Iwobi delivers message to fans after win against Burnley.

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